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DENVER — Hundreds of rescued dogs and cats arrived in Colorado on Thursday.

The animals came from overpopulated animal shelters in southwest New Mexico that were at risk of being euthanized because of overcrowding.

The dogs and cats arrived with the help of Dog Is My CoPilot.

“For every animal that is in a shelter, there is a human responsible. This is not a dog problem but a people problem,” said Peter Rork, the president and chief pilot for Dog Is My CoPilot.

“We only transport to facilities that will never put down a healthy, adoptable animal and we never charge the groups we fly for.”

The organization said the animals were just days away from being euthanized.